Samsung Galaxy S8 User Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos

How to Turn Off Emergency Alerts on the Galaxy S8

No one wants to miss an all-important alert on an incoming blizzard or flood warning, but you don’t necessarily want to wake up to an Amber alert from somewhere across the country either. While you can’t disable all emergency alerts from your phone for safety reasons — your device will buzz with an alert even when it’s on silent — you can at least customize how you receive these important notifications on the Galaxy S8.

Here’s how you can manage your emergency alerts with the Galaxy S8, so you can stay informed without being annoyed.—Gloria Sin

Editor’s Note: These instructions are for the Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy S8, and may be different for devices from other carriers. We’ll update this guide as we test out the S8 from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Manage Emergency Alerts

1. Open Settings by swiping down from the top of the screen.

2. Tap Privacy And Emergency.

3. Open Emergency Alerts.

4. Tap Settings.

5. Press Alert Types. All alerts are enabled by default. While you won’t be able to disable Presidential Alerts as they’re mandatory, you have more control over the Extreme, Severe or Amber alerts on this screen.

6. To turn off an alert, slide its on/off button to the left.  

Alert Reminder

If you tend to dismiss alerts before you read them thoroughly, the Galaxy S8 can send you alert reminders to make sure you won’t easily forget the latest warning. Use steps 1-4 above to reach the Emergency Alerts Settings screen.

1. Tap on Alert Reminder. A box will pop-up to ask how often you’d like to be reminded about an alert.

2. Choose between the four options — once, every 2 minutes, every 15 minutes or off — by tapping on the blank dot.

Audio Emergency Alerts

What if you’re driving or can’t find your glasses just as an emergency alert is buzzing on your phone? The Galaxy S8 can “read” the text-based emergency alert to you – as long as you enable the Speak Alert Message feature. Again, head to the Emergency Alerts screen as detailed above. Then look for Speak Alert Message at the bottom of the screen. To enable the feature,  slide the gray  button to the right.

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  • Petina82
    Hi Tom, thanks for the useful info(: so my question is:
    Can I record music on Snapchat with my earphones on?
    I could do it with my s7 but having trouble with the s8. I so hope this is possible.
  • Abel_9
    Face recognition is trash on the s8 never worked with or without glasses. Would set the face recognition and then turn my phone off wluldnt move at all and NOPE! ...and the fingerprint sensor is confusing with the camera on the back. LOL oh well atleast its the newest samsung out, so i got that going for me lol
  • My_Name_is_OK
    what about hidden features? to turn on or off
  • Trigga13
    Umm should the apps that I have put into the secure folder still be accessible when I bring up the apps screen??
  • Alex_480
    When I transfered my app to secure folder I could not launch it. Why?
  • rastergrafx
    This article doesn't work for me. Privacy and Emergency doesn't appear in my settings.
  • sciancaleporejoe
    I was searching google for that same question ,Trigga13 ,when I found this article (which DOESN'T EVEN answer the question) lol anyway, it makes no sense to lock something in a secure fodder if it can still be accessed from the app drawer
  • rakeshcbhardwaj
    Seriously thanks Tom for your tips ? Turn off NFC. Turn on flight mode, reduce GPS accuracy, lower your screen resolution? Why not just turn the damn thing off. Battery will last a long time then. These kinds of articles are pointless. You've spent a shed load of money on your phone. It has wireless charging that allows you to conveniently charge it. It has fast charging. Here's an idea. Enjoy your phone and charge it in a few minutes when it's running down. Finger print sensor works fine for me. As does Iris/face recognition.
  • maricela.disch
    Hi, I am a new Galaxy S8 owner. I am having trouble connecting my phone to my cat via Bluetooth. I found another chat page and it seems many users are having the same issue? Can you provide an advise to solve this problem? Thanks, Amy new user
  • diannabry
    I hate this phone. I hate Bixby and now my text is messed up.
  • tambahsirahmumet
    It has been a while since I have updated my mobile phone and was awk'd with all the new features (display, security, applications, communication, etc) on the Galaxy S8+.
    In the past, it was always a chore to switch to a new phone due to all the re-configuration and re-installation steps. There are now tools that come on the phone that helps you get all your old applications reinstalled and configured. Makes getting a new phone a 'good' experience. Happy with my new Samsung...
  • shanes1972
    Hi Tom, l have had my galaxy 8 for 7mths and at present have a problen. When l click on a message the lacation button comes up and l don't know how to get rid of it. Can you please help?
    Accuracy of the S8 fingerprint sensor is very poor; to vastly improve recognition, add and scan the SAME finger 4 times ;)
  • krisstie228
    I have the s8+ and when I try to turn on the bixby voice commands in the setting on bixby home screen it keeps telling me to do a software update... when I click setting and view all updates it says there are none... I have already done the voice recognition but I can't get it to work and respond back.... can someone please help me
  • k3n273
    Sure let me just disable and downscale all the features of my expensive flagship phone sandbagging it when I could have just bought a cheaper phone in the first place.